Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton pleaded with Republicans who control the Legislature for cooperation today as the state faces a $6.2 billion budget deficit. In his first State of the State speech, Democrat Dayton said that a government shutdown should never happen because the two sides do not work together to solve budget problems. "Compromise doesn't mean we have to agree, thank goodness, because we won't," Dayton said in a tough speech in which he gave no ground on his major priorities. "It doesn't mean we can't debate, because we will.
ST. PAUL -- The first budget-cutting bill of 2011 could be on Gov.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton laid out what he called his vision for education reform Friday, but a key Republican lawmaker said she saw nothing new in the seven-point plan. Dayton suggested increasing education funding, concentrating on early-childhood education (including improving reading by third grade), allowing professionals from other fields to teach and providing more state support to teachers. However, Dayton said that he would not discuss how he would increase funding until he releases his budget proposal on Feb. 15.
ST. PAUL -- Republican legislative leaders took little time to reject Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton's plan to fund public works projects. "We are saying 'no' to a bonding bill unless it is an emergency," said Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, who leads the House committee dealing with the issue. A GOP spokesman later Monday said the only public works bill acceptable would be to fund natural disasters such as floods that weather officials last week predicted statewide. In unveiling a $531 million proposal, Dayton said he cannot force Republicans to approve borrowing money.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton claims that presidential politics is behind U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's request that he void an executive order issued during his first week in office. Bachmann said that a federal health-care program Dayton signed onto will cost the state. "All across the country we're seeing that ObamaCare is driving up health-care costs," the Minnesota Republican said. "Insurance premiums are rising.
ST. PAUL -- Early indications are that Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Laborite governor and Republican legislative leaders are doing as the old saying goes: "disagree without being disagreeable." There have been some strong words from both sides in recent days, but nothing like what has been seen in the past few years and those words mainly deal with policy, not personalities.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota and Wisconsin governors are trying to fix a tax controversy they inherited upon taking office last week. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday sent Wisconsin Gov.
ST. PAUL -- A key legislator said he is confident Minnesota soon will provide a new path for professionals to become classroom teachers. Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, said the so-called alternative licensure provision will be one of many education reforms the Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will adopt. Garofalo and Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul, are offering similar bills that spell out what people without traditional teacher education need to do before they may be licensed as teachers.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's former adjutant general will be the next state veterans' affairs commissioner. Gov. Mark Dayton this morning announced that Larry Shellito will head the Veterans' Affairs Department. It is the latest of a series of Dayton Cabinet announcements. Shellito, who lives in Woodbury, stepped down as the state's National Guard leader last year after seven years. He is a former Alexandria Technical College president and a Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate. "While a U.S. senator and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I worked closely with Gen.